Leaving aside the truly massive tragedy that is the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami I would just like to say a couple of things about the people who have decided that, all evidence to the contrary, it wasn't plate tectonics that caused the earthquake, but some sort of supernatural force.
If you want to descend into some truly ugly, ugly humanity I suggest you follow the #fuckjapan tag in twitter. No I'm not going to link to it, but in a nutshell it is full of people who believe that the hindu concept of Karma is behind the earthquake. Whether it's for Japans continued hunting of whales, or for Japans surprise attack on Pearl Harbour in 1942, these people are convinced that the death and suffering of tens of thousands of innocent people is some sort of cosmic balancing act.
To these people I say, what the frack?
Dealing with the Pearl Harbour nuts first. Can you please, please learn your history? Japan was defeated at the end of the 2nd world war remember? Those two atom bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima very quickly brought what was by then a broken nation to its knees. Since then Japan has been on of Americas strongest allies in the region, both economically and politically. Japan has invested in the US and the US has invested in Japan. Baseball is a national sport in both countries for crying out loud.
My Deity Did It
(Note: up until now I've only heard fundamentalist christians using this one about Japan. I have heard it from other religions for other disasters)
Really? Your ever loving Deity, the one who sent his son to earth to preach forgiveness and love (and to die on the cross so we could all have our sins forgiven), he's the one who decided that he was having a really crappy day so he'd lay down the smite on a few Japanese cities?
What exactly did the Japanese do to deserve the finger from heaven? Is it a generic "Unbelievers!" or are they meant to have sinned in some special way? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Seriously, everything above boils down to one thing. Blaming the victims. It's their fault they're suffering. It's their fault so we don't have to feel anything but perhaps pity.
Guess what, it's no ones fault. The people who are suffereing deserve our aid, not our "righteous" pity or wrath. They're suffereing because of pure geology, nothing more and nothing less.
I know this won't have any affect on the schmucks who perpetrate this sort of crap. They've already rejected any sort of reason or logic. I guess I'm just putting this down because I'm sick and tired of seeing it spread all over the place.